A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will learn one reason it's not a great idea for youngsters to operate kitchen appliances without an adult: frosting everywhere! They'll also explore problem-solving skills, George-style.
It's OK to be curious, even if it results in a little mischief and a big mess.
Positive Role Models
George models pint-size problem solving when he figures out parts of the surprise and then invites dogs into the kitchen to lick up his frosting mess.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Curious George and the Birthday Surprise is one of the later George adventures, written and illustrated in the style of H. A. and Margret Rey after the two original authors passed away. The story and pictures are much in keeping with the original books, offering kids lots of fun and laughs at George's colorful antics. One of the great qualities of George books is that the adorable, curious monkey is always forgiven for his mistakes, and all's well in the end. The only worrisome aspect of this installment is that George uses a stand mixer unsupervised and makes a big mess.
Is It Any Good?
CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE is a sweet, funny story full of things kids love: party decorations, presents, and a beautiful birthday cake. Children will have fun playing along with George's clueless-enough-to-be-funny detective work. As always, the charming illustrations and George's crazy-but-innocent antics bring a lot of fun and laughs.
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